Having taken London by storm in recent years, the aparthotel concept has finally arrived up north in a big way. Situated in a Grade II listed Ducie Street warehouse just round the corner from Piccadilly Station, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better version than the impressive Native.
Boasting 166 luxury serviced apartments, this epic space is also home to a state-of-the-art gym, bar and restaurant, boutique cinema and a lush outdoor terrace. We checked in for 24 hours to soak up the vibe and quickly discovered what all the noise was about. This place is a true vision.
Formerly a cotton warehouse, the remarkable transformation we see today was created by Archer Humphreys, the architects behind London’s iconic celebrity haunt, The Chiltern Firehouse. The vast open space is all open brickwork, pendant lighting and exposed beams, but injected with a healthy dollop of colour, warmth and character.
Stepping in, you’re greeted with Cultureplex, a large open-plan lounge, restaurant and bar area, which has an electric atmosphere, despite its enormous size. Check-in staff were friendly and accommodating, armed with all the knowledge you need to get the best from your stay.
The Native apartments all lead off from a huge atrium, which is bathed in natural light thanks to the glass ceiling. The rooms range from rather modestly sized studio apartments up to a show-stopping duplex penthouse with private terrace and panoramic city views.
Our very reasonably priced two-bedroom apartment (from £132 per night) was somewhere between the two different ends of the spectrum and featured ample living space for up to four people. You certainly get more bang for your buck in this joint. The open-plan living area had a small yet well-equipped kitchen, comfy sofa and a large plasma TV.
The baby blue beams set against the rustic brickwork create a homely ambience. The bedrooms too were generously sized and crammed with suitably high-spec gear, much like the rest of the apartment. Getting into the bed with its ultra-comfy mattress at the end of the night was like sinking into a cloud, which is just what you’ll need if you’ve done Manchester the right way.
Due to other plans, we weren’t fortunate enough to dine during our stay, however, the menus we checked out whilst enjoying coffee in the Cultureplex looked incredibly enticing. The on-site cinema too is somewhere we plan to visit in the future and screens a mix of modern movies and cult classics.
In a nutshell, Native is pure eye-candy to any self-respecting design junkie and makes for a memorable stay in the mighty Manchester. Add it to your hotel bucket list immediately, you won’t regret it.
Native, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester, M1 2TP.